2. Bridge Parks

Concept rendering of Bridge Parks 3 and 2Image credit: WXY architecture + urban design.

Wrapping around the base of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway (BQE), Bridge Parks 1, 2 and 3 are moderately used as small pocket parks. However, they are underutilized, characterized by cracked asphalt, chain-link fences and poor lighting. Due to their proximity to Manhattan Bridge subway lines, the parks are also subjected to loud noises.

The Brooklyn Strand Community Vision notes that there is a clear desire to walk through Bridge Park 2 to access the York St. Station on the F train. Some of the proposed changes to improve and connect the parks include lighting updates, new seating areas, the construction of a formal playground and the addition of green spaces, as well as a green wall that would dampen noise levels by wrapping the BQE wall.